Landslides kill 57 people

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Landslides kill 57 in Sri Lanka

The death toll in landslides triggered by heavy rain across Sri Lanka has surpassed 57, with no fewer than 30 other people missing, disaster management officials said on Friday.

“The landslides occurred in central, southern and western parts of the country after two days of heavy rain,’’ disaster management officials said.

The majority of the deaths were reported from the Kalutara district 40 kilometres south of the capital, where 37 deaths have been confirmed, UDC Jayalal.

Officials in the area said no fewer than 20 more deaths have been reported from the adjoining Ratnapura district.

Heavy rains led to over six major landslides in the two districts leaving no fewer than 30 others missing.

There were reports of deaths in the capital Colombo, but that could not be independently confirmed.

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